Shadow government; when the young die

Shadow government; when the young die

by UA&P News Desk on July 4, 2011 - 2:59 pm

FROM A DISTANCE By Carmen N. Pedrosa, from the Philippine Star

With the Aquino government cancelling projects of the Arroyo government one after the other and causing mayhem to investments, it may be good to bring up the need for constitutional reform. Although seldom talked about, the shadow government is one of the strong points of the British parliamentary system.

The shadow government is made up of the leader and members of the opposition who keep close tab of the incumbent government by appointing its own ministers. That is the meaning of shadow. The opposition cabinet members shadow the policies and projects of ministers of the sitting government. The key to this structure is the permanent civil service who stay in their jobs whatever the government and ensures stability and continuity.

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With the help of University of Asia and the Pacific’s Dr. Bernie Villegas, we put together a round table discussion on Structural Reform to join calls to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. As long time advocates, we were careful not to touch on the big questions for constitutional reform ie shift to parliamentary government, evolving federalism. We had planned to confine ourselves to structural reform that would tackle specific issues that made the Philippines unattractive to investors. To our surprise as each participant spoke whether businessman, politician or media, the question of constitutional reform was brought up. Nevertheless all agreed to tackle small things first.

I was surprised that some rules not sanctioned by law were being imposed on foreign investors. Tackling that problem could be a beginning. I will write more on the discussions in future columns. The round table discussion was held July 1, 2011 from 8 a.m. – 12 noon at Telengtan Hall, University of Asia and the Pacific. Senator Manny Villar, Congressman Elpidio Barzaga, former National Security Adviser Jose Almonte, Ambassadors Delia Albert, Jose Romero, economist Gerry Sicat, BOI head Cristino Panlilio, Biznews publisher Tony Lopez and Mr. Henry Schumacher of the European Chamber of Commerce-Joint Foreign Chambers gave a valuable inputs to the lively discussion.

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